A new year is always a great opportunity to start fresh and be inspired to set resolutions to improve your lifestyle and health. But sticking to them is a common issue we all face with our New Year’s resolutions. Want to maximize your chances of not giving up? These tips can help you achieve your goals.
Want Big Results? Start with Small Goals
Many of us frequently get overwhelmed by the need to “go big” with our New Year’s resolutions. But the greatest accomplishments always start with setting achievable goals. Be smart, start with small steps. As you gain a better understanding what is manageable for you, you can gradually increase the difficulty and commitment.
Focus on One New Year’s Resolution at A Time
Research shows that picking a single goal and focusing your energies on it is better than spreading your efforts thin among multiple objectives.
Working on several goals at the same time can be difficult because it takes time and effort to establish new habits. Focusing on one New Year’s resolution at a time can help you work smart, not hard.
Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress will help you recognize what yields the best results and to show you that you are really are on your way to success. It’ll also reassure you that if you have a setback to not let your commitment go to waste by giving up. Just record the problem and think through how you can go past the obstacle the next time. Never make a big deal about a small failure.
Partner With Someone
Not only does partnering with someone make your journey more fun, it also makes it more accountable when you “cheat”. You don’t want to let the team down, and neither will they.
If your notice your partner is doing better than you, don’t let that demotivate you. Awaken your competitive instincts and catch up. On the other hand, if you notice your partner isn’t being a team player and isn’t putting in the effort to succeed, try to distance yourself as much as possible.
Making changes to your lifestyle can be difficult, but the results and sense of accomplishment can make the challenges worth the effort. Focusing on the positives will help you stick to your resolution and make it happen.
Be Kind to Yourself
It’s okay to have setbacks, so don’t beat yourself up over it. Simply get up the next day and begin again.